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Suggestion: loan due dates

By Curtin Library 9 March 2017 Library Services Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Its frustrating that books are due back on the weekend and public holidays. Make them due back on weekdays.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback.  I can understand that it may not be possible or convenient to come to campus on the weekend.  Due dates are determined by when the Library is open with Library staff attending the Enquiries Desk, so may indeed fall on a weekend day or public holiday.  As a rule, if you loan an item on a weekday, it will be due back on a weekday.  If it is requested by another person, this may alter the day. Overall, the Library is aiming to provide equitable access to the resources and limiting due dates to weekdays may unfairly shorten or increase loan lengths for many items.

Unless a book is requested by someone else,  it will renew automatically and you will have the option to return on a date that is suitable for you.  There are a few other cases in which items will not renew automatically (please see http://library.curtin.edu.au/borrowing/library/renewal/ for full details). If you have should have any queries about due dates on specific items, please contact the Library Enquiries team.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

 

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Suggestion: water fountains

By Curtin Library 8 March 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I have written a suggestion regarding keeping algae out of water fountain half a year ago, but the problem still exists. If you look at the tip where the water come out from the water fountain, you can see green stuff like algae on them. Please look into the matter seriously & take necessary action asap.

I think the water taps that allows people to refill their water bottles need fixing, especially the one on Level 4. The water flow is really thin, making people have to bend forward more than 90 degrees to drink water out of it. The height of the water fountain is ridiculously low (It’s about 60cm only off the ground only.). Could someone please look into this issue?

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback. I have reported your concerns to the University Properties team responsible for cleaning and maintaining the water dispensers in the building. I will follow up on their response. The water fountains do have calcium deposits on the metal (with a green appearance).

With regard to the height of the water fountain near the stairwell on level four, this is designed to be lower for the accessibility of those who are unable to reach a standing height fountain.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

 

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Catalogue Tip 7: exam papers

By Curtin Library 8 March 2017 News & events Comments off

Here’s how to find past exam papers kept by the Library:

  1. Go to the Library Catalogue.
  2. Locate the link to Exam Papers above the search bar and type in the name of the unit (e.g. Management 100).
  3. Click on the relevant search result.
  4. A selection of exam papers can be found under Online Resources.
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News from the JCPML – March edition

By Curtin Library 6 March 2017 Library Services JCPML Comments off

Our newsletter News from the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library and Special Collections contains information regarding the Library’s Special Collections housed at the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library and reports on JCPML events. View our current newsletter here.

If you would like to receive our newsletter direct to your inbox please subscribe via this link.

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Suggestion: laptop workstations

By Curtin Library 6 March 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Could some consideration please be given to making some workstations available with just a screen and USB mouse/keyboard for students to use with their own laptop.
This would be better ergonomically for people who need to work for an extended time on their own device, not having to hunch over a small screen. It would be cheaper and easier to administer than having to provide more PCs in the library.
Even if just some screens with HDMI cables were provided, to avoid mouse/keyboards from going missing, that would be a huge improvement. It would free up the other library PCs for use by students who do not have, or wish to use, their own device. Thank you.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your suggestion. This is something the Library will have a look to see if it can be done effectively.

Colin Sinclair
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: postgraduate room

By Curtin Library 6 March 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I am at present in the postgraduate room having come here to find a silent place to study. There are students who come here with friends and speaking to each other about everything under the sun and it is really distressing. Please do something about this , as it causes a lot of disturbance and loss of time for students like me who come here hoping to complete maximum work in the available time.
Thank you.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback. I will remind Library staff who are monitoring the floors to ensure the postgraduate room is included in the checks.

If the noise of other student behaviour is disturbing your study at any time please tell one of the Library staff members on duty and they will assist. You can also report problems like this to Libraryenquiries@curtin.edu.au. This email address is monitored all the time the Library is providing full service and issues will be attended to as soon as possible once they are drawn to our attention.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Subscribe and win!

By Curtin Library 6 March 2017 Library Services JCPML Comments off

To celebrate the launch of the News from the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library and Special Collections newsletter we’re rewarding new subscribers.

The first 50 new subscribers between 6 – 20  March 2017 will receive a small JCPML keepsake. Simply subscribe via this link, and we’ll contact you if you are a winner.

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Labour Day Opening Hours

By Curtin Library 2 March 2017 News & events Comments off

The Robertson, Curtin Graduate School of Business and Kalgoorlie Libraries will be open as usual on Labour Day, Monday 6 March.

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Catalogue Tip 6: databases

By Curtin Library 2 March 2017 News & events Comments off

A library database is an electronic catalogue of published items such as journal articles, thesis, reports, conference proceedings and more. Curtin Library has access to approximately 500 databases and you can find a listing of these on the Databases page.

To find  databases relevant to your subject area, use the Subject filter to select a relevant subject area. This will retrieve an alphabetical list of databases related to your subject. You can then search within each of these databases separately.

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Suggestion: standing desks

By Curtin Library 2 March 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I would like a standing desk or bench in the Level 6 quiet zone. More standing desks around the Library would be fantastic, not just in the louder areas. Thank you!

The Library responds…

Thank you for your suggestion. The Library will be looking for opportunities to increase the number of standing desks as the budget allows. In the meantime, we will investigate moving an existing standing desk from level three to a silent area as a trial and see how this is received.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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